Six police officers were injured after a car hit three police vehicles in Co Down last night.

The Rover car was signalled to stop in Downpatrick but continued and hit a gatepost.

As it was driven from the scene it struck the front of a police car and continued, although one tyre was damaged.

About ten miles away, it hit another two police cars in Ballynahinch.

Five people were arrested for a number of motoring offences. They have been released on police bail.

The injured PSNI members were treated for shock and bruising.